Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Speak Up!

Speak Up!

by Mark Warner
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Bookworm Rocket loves to collect new books on her weekly visit to the library, and to read all about inspirational figures like Rosa Parks. She is heartbroken when she discovers the library will be closing down! Can she use what she’s learnt from Rosa and speak up to save the day?


  • Read Look Up, the first book featuring Rocket, and compare the two stories. Which do you prefer? Why?
  • Could you write a new story about one of Rocket’s adventures?
  • Make a character profile about Rocket. How would you describe her?
  • Make a persuasive poster to encourage people to use their local library.
  • This story is written in the first person. Could you write a section of it in the third person?
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles to accompany the illustrations at different points in the story.
  • Think of some questions that you might like to ask a librarian about their job.
  • Make a list of books that you think Rocket would enjoy reading.
  • Write a persuasive letter to your local MP to encourage them to support school libraries and local libraries.
  • Write a letter to try and encourage your favourite author / illustrator to share their work at a library event.
  • Watch this short video about how books are created and try some of the related activities.
  • Write a newspaper article about Rocket’s protest.
  • Record a narrated version of this story. Here is one example:


  • Use publishing software to make a poster that encourages people to read more. What different types of books are available? What are the benefits of reading?
  • Design a game in which a travelling library visits different locations to collect and deliver books to people.

Design Technology:

  • Find out how books are printed and made. Could you try to make your own book?
  • Design a brand new library. What different facilities would you include?
  • Make a model of a travelling library bus.


  • Design a new cover for this book or another of your favourite books.
  • Design some banners / posters that Rocket could use as part of a protest about the closure of the library.


  • Compose a tune or make a chant that people could sing / recite at a peaceful protest.


  • Use an online map to find your nearest library. Plan your route there. Write some directions to help a friend find their way.


  • Find out more about Rosa Parks and write a biography of her.
  • Make a list of people who have spoken up about important issues. Could you write a biography of one of them?


  • What does is mean to ‘Speak Up’? Why is it important to speak up if you feel strongly about a particular issue?
  • Rocket says, ‘I used to find reading difficult, but the more I do it, the better I get.’ Think of something that you would like to get better at and make a plan to help you do so.
  • Look at Rocket’s expression in the illustrations. How would you describe her emotions at different points?

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